Jan 12, 2018
Elise’s guest today on the Because of Horses podcast is Bianca McCarty — an up-and-coming, truly gifted equine photographer. Bianca was born and raised in Germany, but now lives with her husband on a beautiful Lusitano ranch in Colorado. Bianca shoots a wide array of subjects within the equine category — from competitive events and portraiture, to candid shots for veterinarians, saddlers, breeders, and even equine massage therapists. Bianca has a rare gift for composition and perspective, bringing new life to "standard" competition shots. And she has an eye for finding beauty in even the most mundane activities... like rasping a horse’s teeth.
Bianca is a published photographer, with her work appearing in several equine calendars, as well as many respected horse publications such as Horse & Rider, The Chronicle of the Horse, Dressage Today, Equine Journal, The Horse Magazine, and Horse Connection.
Join Elise as Bianca shares how she came to the US alone and, at a young age, began her career; her determination to live her life by "leaning into" things that make her nervous; her photographic process; and her ongoing hopes and dreams.
Topics of Discussion:
[1:09] What brought Bianca to the States and how her interest in photography flourished.
[4:18] Bianca’s sense of adventure that helped lead her to where she is now.
[7:11] Overcoming challenges in college, including her own doubts about speaking English.
[11:44] Bianca’s choice to move to Colorado and how life could have been different.
[13:33] Living her dream life and the courage it took to achieve it.
[19:08] The versatility of Bianca’s equine photography.
[20:50] Bianca’s process of photographing and finding beauty in the mundane.
[27:29] The magic of each of Bianca’s equine shots.
[30:15] How she feels when she sees her work appear in respected print publications.
[32:30] Another field Bianca would like to grow in.
[32:50] Bianca’s love of horses and growing up with horses.
[34:40] How Bianca got involved in dressage.
[35:45] Bianca’s goals for her future and what she hopes to accomplish.
[40:41] How Bianca defines success in her career.
[43:28] Overcoming self-doubt and staying committed to your passion; Bianca’s experience after finishing her photography degree.
[50:00] What separates a good photographer from a great one and the personal characteristics needed to pursue your passion.
[53:23] Bianca’s favorite camera gear and what she uses when shooting.
[55:23] Finding a camera that worked for her; Bianca’s lack of geekiness for new camera equipment.
[1:01:35] Bianca’s parting words and advice to people to follow their passions.
[1:04:30] Where to find Bianca’s work and follow her online.
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